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James Cameron

Sued for More than $2.5 BILLION

Over 'Avatar'

12/19/2011 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Turns out every sci-fi nerd on the planet had the idea for "Avatar" before James Cameron -- because the director is now being sued AGAIN for allegedly stealing the concept for the movie ... this time for more than $2 bil.

Bryant Moore -- a science fiction writer not-famous for his screenplays "Aquatica" and "Descendants: The Pollination" -- claims Cameron used the two screenplays as the basis for "Avatar."

In his lawsuit, Moore points out various similarities, including bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable atmospheres, matriarch support of hero vs. heroine, spiritual connections to environment and reincarnation, appearance of mist in scene, sunlight to moonlight, crackling from gargantuan foliage, blue skin/green skin and battle scene on limbs/branches.

Moore is also going after 20th Century Fox and Cameron's production company.  He wants more than $1.5 billion in actual damages and more than $1 bil in punitives.

"Avatar" raked in more than $2.78 billion worldwide.

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Adam Laceky    

Cameron conceived Avatar when he was a kid. I read about it more than 12 years ago in "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader," in a section called “(Not) Coming to a Theater Near You."

Here: http://bathroomreader.com/2010/02/1008/

977 days ago
47.

Cameron    

My names Cameron, can I have 2.5 billion dollar?

976 days ago
48.

olivia    

another planet having an unbreathable atmosphere?! what a novel idea!!!! cameron obviously stole it!!

975 days ago
49.

Joe    

I think both stole from a movie...POCAHONTAS. I guess it's just one of those format type of stories that get portrayed differently like Shakespearean plays.

975 days ago
50.

Tammy00    

I thought the movie was a ripoff of Fern Gully lol. Its practically the same

975 days ago
51.

YoungCosby    

I DO know that he stole those birds from Sega's Panzer Dragoon game series.

767 days ago
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lady    

The person behind all the law suit is a man pertending to be dead, his name is Sathya sai baba, he is worth 12 billion you creep, the people that changed the vault in bank in Ottawa and took copies of all the story lines inside apart me and sathya know that thwey used info on microphane, illegal spying on peoples property, that is why you have problems loser... This he did on his own, i did not ask him to harass you, and expect more problems as such, kinda find it all rather funny and a turn on...

576 days ago
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